Chicago: Rand McNally, 1893. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's cloth with gilt stamped illustration on cover. Numerous full-page illustrations. 325 pp. plus 3 pp. of advertisements.
Light scuffing to edges, and corners are a bit bumped. Minor foxing to front matter, and a 1/2" closed tear at top of frontispiece page (image unaffected). This copy belonged to controversial Standard Oil chairman George M. Keller and bears his minimalist bookplate inside front cover and is twice signed by him on front free endpaper. An excellent copy.
This is a scarce first edition of the memoir of Alexander Majors, a co-founder of the Pony Express and larger-than-life figure of the American Wild West. With a preface by (and dedication to) "Buffalo Bill" Cody. This copy is from the library of George M. Keller, the philanthropist and Standard Oil CEO who oversaw the merger with Gulf Oil in the 1980s. A unique and well-preserved copy of a fascinating book. (Howes M232). Very good +. Item #1656